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Lil Flip
I Need Mine

lilflip.jpgLil’ Flip has had a horrible past few years. First, he got embroiled in a war of words with T.I. (which has since been squashed). Then, beef with his label led to accusations that Sony leaked his fourth solo album, I Need Mine, after he jumped ship for Asylum. With the early version of his disc panned by critics, Flip hit the studio to update the LP with some new material. Looking forward to a better New Year, the H-Town Leprechaun hopes there’s still a pot of gold at the end of his rainbow.

With production duo the Symphony scoring a bulk of the disc, things start off in the right direction. Take the lead single, “Ghetto Mindstate,” an urban tell-all cloaked in stone-cold synths and Lyfe Jennings’ frosty croonings, wherein Flipperachi barks on naysayers with, “Why everybody tryna bring me down/Because of me they respect H-Town.” Similarly, DJ Squeaky’s intense bass and scratchy violin chords for “Can’t U Tell” give Flip and guests MJG and Squad Up enough legroom to kick a few flows and pimp a few hoes. The Freestyle King even displays his knack for storytelling on the baby-mama anthem “Single Mother.”

But with the good always comes the bad. On the self-produced “Fly Boy,” Flip drops bird-shit lines like “I got more drugs than CVS” and “The kid got more beef than a meat market.” Then there are Kraft singles, like the Mya-featured “Flippin’” and the cliché drug-personified-as-a-woman cut “Addicted.”

Although tweaked, I Need Mine still includes some of the questionable material from its previous incarnation—namely, the lyrically limp “Take You There” and the lazily constructed “Sorry Lil’ Mama.” Buried among the upgraded tracks, the sore thumbs are not as prominent as before, but they hold Flip back from fully regaining his underground-legend status. —BRIAN MILLER

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  • L.B.C

    IT’s gonna be good i like flip

  • http://adsd.com Hip-Hop Lives (KRS-ONE is back)

    hot album

  • tony g

    he better step his game up cuz tha rest of houston has just leap frogged him into the past!

  • http://xxl.com tony g

    he better step his game up because the rest of houston just leap frogged him into the past!
    P.S. Save ure better material for albums or stick 2 featured on mixtapes from now on!

  • StripedShirt

    all tracks sound the same….40 tracks of garbage……..terminated

  • Styleballer

    The album is hott, definitely worth the wait.

  • J.Lee of G-MAFIA

    Here goes another wackass person trying 2 write a review on someone STOP HATIN SHIT!!!GOOD SHIT FLIP KEEP DOING THA DAMN THANG!!! “I NEED MINES” iz a CLASSIC I COPPED IT FUCK BRIAN MILLER HOE ASS!!!G-MAFIA & CLOVER GEEEEEEEEEEEEEZ!!!!!

  • http://xxlmag.com Big Chris

    man fuck flip. He fake. He aint from cloverland. even face say the nigga fruad. Dirty World 4 Life! The world dirty. the money dirty. the blunts dirty. Dirty World nigga.

  • lupa

    fuck what an ugly lil nigga

  • ICE GOTTI

    Flip I bought the album, it’s on point my nigga. All you gotta do it’s bring the right single’s out, because the cd can carry the weight if you drop the right singles.

  • rip screw

    the album is throwd man sorry lil mama is the shit with my nig z-ro you cant make everyone happy the album still the shit

  • eastsidah

    this album is actually aight cuz its mixed up with the playa shit a nigga can vibe to and that gansgta shit i like dat da nigga keep it real and dont got all tracks just straight hood and mixes it up a lil bit

  • Cuban Link

    its a pretty decent CD he kinda got screwed out of it thou i wish he had just completely re done it.

  • http://royalbroughamway.com bear

    All discussion about Flip aside, XXL does terrible writing in it’s reviews. It’s the same damn stock material recycled about a few songs and then a discussion about the news the artist has been involved in.

    You could probably read that review and not even know whether it’s a good album or not, what songs are good or bad, or whether there’s anything particularly interesting or useful about it. All I would get out of it is that he had beef with T.I., some random adjectives about songs, and who produced it followed by mindless quotations. come on man.

  • http://www.lilfliponline.com sukafree

    BIG CHRIS WROTE…

    “man fuck flip. He fake. He aint from cloverland. even face say the nigga fruad. Dirty World 4 Life! The world dirty. the money dirty. the blunts dirty. Dirty World nigga.”

    I’m sorry, soon after TI called Scarface, TI went to cloverland with intentions of proving Lil’ Flip a non resident, unfortunantly this is when TI got his fuckin mouth busted up by capone, shut the fuck up biiatch, CLOVA GEEZ.

  • http://myspace.com/mcnizzle McNizzle

    This album surprised me. Definitely worth the buy! Love starched & clean ft Lil Keke and Playas for life ft chamillionaire, among many others…. this was a bad review IMO.

  • 11kap

    certified gangsta shit.

  • http://www.myspace.com/pilarsito512 pilarsito

    I bought the album and my favorite tracks are starches and clean , take u there, we goe make it out the hood, Sorry Lil mama, and Single mother, there is definitely some hot shit on this album.

  • REAL OG

    crazy album!! worth the buy XXL gave the review way 2 low. white cup starched and cleaned play 4 life ghetto mindstate r all real good.

  • jayrich23

    Good review everyone has a different opinion I personally thought the album was a gem. Keep it up flip. Lil’ Flip- I’m a Ridah not on the album is sick check it out remake of pacs ima ridah

  • Dipset

    THis album iz Fire.. DEad ass all u hatin niggaz eat a dik wit Aids on da Tip.

  • Dante

    Come on! Some of yall are trippin! Lil Flip is one of the most lyrically-lackin emcees out there! Just look at his album cover. How many covers look like that? It’s all the same shit, over and over.

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  • QC

    I roll with filp

  • Benzel

    this just shows the east coast bias of this magazine. It used to be tight but now it sticks to rappers with largely mainstream focus. No speak of the fact that the album already has at least four videos or the versatile subject matter. Sometimes I wonder if the reviewer listens to more than the singles and the features, maybe 2 and half hours was too long. A “horrible” few years for flip? How about dozens of mixtapes with original and barrowed beats to regain his underground base? Not to mention the fact that his major album is twice as long as any other material coming out these days. Its a sad day when a storied publication falls to popular thought in ATL with less acknowledgment of the real facets that constitute a successful album.

  • b-rad4sac

    I actually read this magazine quite regularly, however I notice the ridiculous amount of bias that takes place towards certain artists. XXL has given less than decent artists good ratings but Lil Flips an L. That’s crap it has nearly fourty songs with great features and offers reggea, rock, screwed and chopped and dance songs. This magazine should consider that as an ability to make hits from multiple genres, which very few artists are capable of.

  • DJ

    flip is a bitch and lost all street cred wen TI lyricly ass raped him no homo. c’mon man down wit da king had me lol after the 50th time i heard it. all da singles he pts out are ither bubble gum or him tryin too hard to be a g fuck flip P$C all day baby

  • BIGNAT

    can u guys make a xs rating just for lil flip’s album hahahaha

  • J.LEE OF G-MAFIA

    You niggaz thought it wuz a wrap but he bounced BACK!!!CLOVER GEEEEEEEEEEZZZ!!!

  • Clover G Vet

    this album is hot, 39 tracks of pure fire homie, CLOVER GEEZ 4 LIFE!!!!!

  • http://XXL lala

    FUCK ALL OF YALL!!! DONT BE HATIN MY ALBUM. CAUSE EVEN THOUGH HES BEEN GONE FOR A MINUTE HE IS STILL THA SHIT. SO WIPE HIM DOWN!!!

  • Exclusive

    never been a flip fan

  • jfoxgotraps

    if u didnt buy the album dont comment. its fuckin fire. Flip is the shit. His music have a great sound. Flip does some poppy tracks but most of the album is bully rap (thats what i like). Warrior has been the shit since i heard it on DJ Double R. new VT tribute is hott too.

  • http://www.yahoo.com what it do

    Lil Flip Is the king of houston, This album deserves a XXL not a L. Remember lil flip is the reason they respect H-town, Big shout out to Trae of ABN and Z-RO..

  • http://xxlmag.com 615banga

    album deserves the L because most of the album is redundant but it has some good songs
    1.I Get Money
    2. Bust A Clip
    3. Starched & Cleaned
    4. White Cup
    5.Get It Crunk
    6.3,2,1 Go
    7.What It Do and
    8. You’z A Trick(remix) not a lot but they are so good and spread out it keeps the album up

  • ThugAngel

    Dis album is tight I done copped it

  • ThugAngel

    Dis album is tight I done copped it

  • Cease

    dis whole album is garbage. He needs to just give it up. His time is over

  • laude320

    flip is a bitch ti killed him silenced him forever

  • http://myspace.com/sclachito Ese Manny

    This Lil Flip Album Deserve A XXL, Get Ya Shit Together and Double Check Yo Shit Before U Reviews An Album!!!!!!!

  • http://www.yahoo.com what it do

    tp laude320 lil flip aint no bitch. T.I. is a lil bitch. what the fuck is the 5foot 3in 125 pound skinny ass bitch going to do to flip. Lil flip would fuck his ass up. Z-Ro alreday did. Screwed up Click u bitch ass nigga

  • explosive

    this cd is the shit i’m playing it all the time theRE is way more theN 8 good songs there so many i had trouble thinking of which one he should put for his single it XXL MOTHERFUCKER n people please stop talking about old beef lil flip is the shit STOP HATING THE SOUTH

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  • ddd

    Deelishesmami1: lol.ay dio smio,tranquilo

  • http://www.yahoo.com STEEL CITY

    no playboy what you need is a better ghost writer & a time machine so you can smack the shit out yaself for wearin that fuckin lucky charm outfit dumb ass

  • Rob

    CMON. U DUMB BITCHES,,U ACTUALLY THINK THAT LIL HOE T.I. IS TOUGH,,THAT DUDE FAKE AS HELL GO TO YOU TUBE AND TYPE IN LIL FLIP ON THE SEARCH BOX ULL THEN SEE THE FLIP/T.I FIGHT IN CLOVERLAND THAT TOOK PLACE ,,AND U SEE THE REAL BITCH ,HAHHA,,THA HOE T.I. OF COURSE,,FLIPPA A REAL AS NIGGA,,AND IF U HATIN ON HIM THEN YOU’ZA STR8 BITCH!! t.I. WAS IN CLOVERLAND FO LESS THAN 2 MINUTES HAHA THAT WANNA BE PUSSY ASS NIGGA,, HAHA..CLOVER G’Z BITCH..THEN FLIP ROLLED UP TO BOX THAT LIL HOE UP, AND T.I. RAN LIKE A HOE!!!!!!FLIP THE TRUTH,,,, I NEED MINE IS A CLASSIC,,DONT LIKE IT THEN FUCK U HATIN ASS BITCHES…

  • Tre 6 G

    Fuck Flip he’s a hoe cuz real talk

  • http://www.webcrawler.com what it do

    the homeboy rob know whats up. Lil Flip is the king of houston. And TRE 6 G. Your a hoe and thats real talk. Come down to cloverland talking shit. The Screwed up click will fuck ur bitc ass up

  • LaLa__ *H*tOwN’z FiNEsT*

    Maaayne daz sum bullshit!! XXL iz a bias a$$ magazine any damn way!! I bet if some EastCoast rapper had his shitty ass album to be rated up here,he woulda got a XXL…Dat be sum bullshit..Lil’Flip be keepin’ it hott all da time! T.I. iz a lil fake ass scary nigga who had da nerve 2 come down to da H actin’ like he knew wassup..HAHAHAHA…daz Y he ran his scary ass out dat Southside Cloverland REAL QUICK! haha..FUCK ALL U HATAZ! YALL AINT SHIT.KEEP HATIN BITCHEZ..LIL’FLIP stay throwed..Good Luck 2 him..DUECE

  • Alan Martinez

    I NEED MINE should deserve a XL review. Lil’ Flip is the best artist from Texas. He is the freestyle king. This album is about everything (not just about money and ice). CLOVER G MUTHAFUCKAS!!!!!!!!!!